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Discussion in 'General R1200RS Discussions' started by Bunter, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. Bunter

    Bunter Active Member

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    Hi all

    Just had an email from BMW UK which says that hill start control is available as a retro fit for the R1200RS. No other info in the email other than to contact your dealer, I guess it's already on the RT but I've never ridden one. This is from the email.

    "August brings with it a new Hill Start Control drive-off assistant helping to prevent uncontrolled roll back on inclines, allowing you to hold you motorcycle effortlessly on gradients - simply squeeze the lever to activate. It's particularly helpful when you're off touring and your bike is heavier than usual. The Hill Start Control is available as a retro fit to the R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS Adventure, R 1200 R and R 1200 RS."

    Cheers

    Bill
     
  2. Aussie Import

    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    I hope it is cheap. It would need to be.
     
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  3. Andy Griffiths

    Andy Griffiths Well-Known Member

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    Interesting little gimmick.
     
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    There's a better chance of me getting pregnant...:)
     
  5. Last

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    Getting additional motorcycle features by software update...

    Makes it feel like the future a bit more. It's awesome.
     
  6. edward barkan

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    I had the hill-start control on the K1600GT I used to own. It was a big help on that bike because it was so heavy it really wanted to roll back when starting up on a hill. In comparison, the RS is quite easy to get going on a hill without slipping backwards.

    There was one time last year when I wished I had hill-start control on the RS. I was going up Mount Washing in New Hampshire. There is a section of dirt road that is quite steep. A car in front of me kept stopping, and when it moved it went so slowly the RS would stall unless I slipped the clutch. As a result, my only choice was to stop, wait for the car to move ahead a hundred feet or so, and than ride up behind him before stopping again. Traction was poor enough, and the incline was steep enough that it was hard to engage the clutch without spinning the back wheel. Hill-start control would have made that particular ride easier, but I think that's the only time I have missed it.
     
  7. Andy Griffiths

    Andy Griffiths Well-Known Member

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    Cost is £200 all in.
     
  8. GordonH

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    ....I've already got it fitted to mine......it utilises my right foot, right and left hand and a little bit of co-ordination through my cpu.......it mostly works well.....
     
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    Best man for the job; Bravo where are you :)
     
  10. Last

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    There's this hov overpass that's a traffic choke point, very exposed (lots of high speed cross wind), and at a steep angle while turning. This could really help me in that point of traffic.
     
  11. Bravo

    Bravo Plenty in the tank. Contributor

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    Well I didn't like to say;)
     
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  12. Brimstone Mahone

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    Yeah... every motorcycle I have ever owned/seen/or heard of came with "hill start control." ;) Can't see much use in a specific device for that purpose BUT...I have to admit I didn't see any use in GASP or cruise control either and now, like Charleton Heston said, they'll have to pry those out of my cold, dead, hands! :)

    Further on "modern technology," my wife rode a new Africa Twin DCT for about 100 miles in mostly twisty roads a few days ago. She was so impressed she sold her BMW one day later to the first person she mentioned it to and is buying an A-Twin....
     
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  13. daesimps

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    My wife has booked her RS in for it fitting on Tuesday. £200
     
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  14. Andy Griffiths

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    My dealer was suggesting that build date was relevant,,,seems odd to me when the words 'retro-fit' are used in the information.
    What reg is her bike?
     
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  15. daesimps

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    It was purchased in May this year.
     
  16. Andy Griffiths

    Andy Griffiths Well-Known Member

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    Similar to me - thanks
     
  17. Bunter

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    I'm curious as to whether this is just a software update or whether it involves hardware too - I suspect the latter.

    Let us know how it goes please and how she gets on with it.

    Bill
     
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    Definitely software only. When activated, by squeezing the front brake hard, the ABS pump simply maintains the pressure until you deactivate with another squeeze, or set off.
     
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  19. Bunter

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    Cool thanks!
     
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  20. shootersteve77

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    I had it on my RT. It was a nice feature that I used a few times in the short time I had it. Adds some safety in stressful situations. Haven't missed it that much but it would be nice to have.
     
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